Idia is a recent graduate from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, with an MPH in Health Policy. She is very passionate about serving minority populations and improving the access to and delivery of high-quality, equitable health care. This is reflected in her time at Gillings, as her research examined workplace discrimination among Transgender workers alongside researchers at Duke Family Medicine and Community Health. She also worked on improving equity within hospitals as an intern at the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation. Additionally, Idia received her B.A. in Biology from Florida Atlantic University, where her undergraduate thesis focused on the ethics of the FDA’s MSM blood donation referral. Her current interests include social determinants of health, population health, and leveraging policy to improve the healthcare landscape. At GFRP, Idia will be working with researchers to write the literature review for the Duke Endowment Reinvestment Partners Rx project, which aims to illuminate the various types of return on investment for SuperSNAP and produce prescriptions.
The craziest thing I’ve ever eaten is… porcupine!
When I’m in a time crunch, I love to make… a smoothie, which is most mornings.
Food(s) I must have in my home is/are… onions and tomatoes are the base for everything right in the world.
My most interesting food habit is… I always need a fresh sauce in my fridge! I make a basic vinaigrette and add whatever spices, herbs, veggies, and nuts I have on hand, and it goes on everything I eat for 1-2 weeks.